MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Thousands of South Florida runners will leave their cubicles and lace up their sneakers for the 2014 Miami Mercedes-Benz Corporate 5K Run on Thursday, April 24th.
With more than 25,600 participants from 850 companies expected, race organizers are anticipating the run’s largest record-breaking crowd yet. As the final race in the series, the run, known as “Florida’s Largest Office Party”, is open to employees of businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and non-profits – regardless of company size – and incorporates a special competition to award the overall men’s, women’s and co-ed teams in 20 different industries.
The Miami race, however, is now sold-out and they will not be taking any registrations on the day of the event.
The purpose of the Tri-County Corporate Run Series is to promote running and walking as a means to a fit, healthy lifestyle for people from all walks of corporate life. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the Miami run will benefit United Way.
But with the event comes street closures.
Event organizers say at 2 p.m., the Northbound lanes of Biscayne Boulevard, from Chopin Plaza to NE 5 Street will close. The Southbound lanes will offer two-way traffic and special attention will be given to entry and exit of Chopin Plaza (Hotel Intercontinental and One Miami).
At 4 p.m., the first of the 20,000 expected participants will begin arriving – traffic will increase.
At 6 p.m., Northbound Brickell Avenue traffic will be sent West on SE 7 Street. Only traffic going to Hotel Intercontinental and One Miami will be allowed over the Brickell Bridge. Brickell Key residents may use Brickell Bay Drive and SE 8th Street from the South to enter or exit Brickell Key.
At 6:30 p.m., no traffic will be allowed in or out of the area bound on the east by Biscayne Blvd/Brickell Ave, on the south by South 13 Street on the west by West 2 Avenue, and on the north by North 5 Street.
Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the Metrorail and Metromover. For more information, visit Miami-Dade Transit’s website at www.miamidade.gov/transit
The race begins promptly at 6:45 p.m.
The race starts on Biscayne Boulevard and Flagler Street and travels South on Biscayne Blvd to Biscayne Blvd Way / SE 4th Street and West bound to SE 2nd Avenue then South over the Brickell Avenue Bridge to S.E. 13th St, West on S.E. 13th St. to S.W. 2nd Avenue, North on SW 2nd Ave to N.W. 1st Street, East on N.W. 1st Street to N.E. 2nd Avenue, North on N.E. 2nd Avenue to N.E. 4th Street, East on N.E. 4th Street to Biscayne Blvd culminating at Bayfront Park.
Roadways reopen as the last of the participants pass and Miami Police Department deems it safe.
- Brickell Avenue: 7:30 p.m.
- Miami Avenue South of the River: 7:45 p.m.
- SW/NW 2nd Avenue: 8:00 p.m.
- NW/NE 1st Street: 8:30 p.m.
- Miami Avenue North of the River: 8:45 p.m.
- Remaining Streets reopen: 8:45 p.m.
The Northbound lanes of Biscayne Boulevard should be re-opened to traffic around midnight.
- Brickell Key, Claughton Island and Eastbound 8th Street will detour onto SW 2nd Ave to SW 15th Road and will continue to Brickell Bay Drive/Bayshore Drive.
- Streets south of the Miami River should be clear of runners and walkers by approximately 7:45 p.m. and open to traffic. Streets north of the Miami River should be clear by approximately 8:45 p.m. Exiting downtown will be easiest via I-95.
- After 2 p.m., use 395/MacArthur Cswy and exit on Biscayne Blvd to access the Port of Miami.